The African Institute of International Law (AIIL) organised a “Dialogue on Human Rights and the Judiciary in Africa”, in Arusha, Tanzania from 18 – 22 May 2015. The dialogue drew participants from Judges across African national, sub regional and continental jurisdictions as well as quasi-judicial institutions like National Human Rights Institutions and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the legal profession, academia and other justice sector institutions charged with dealing with human rights issues.
Figure 2: The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) was represented by the Executive Secretary, Ms Jester H. Charewa
The overall objective of the Dialogue was to strengthen the capacity of African judicial personnel in international human rights law and jurisprudence.
The Programme included overviews of human rights law, the United Nations human rights instruments and the role of Treaty Bodies created thereunder, African human rights instruments and institutions, the jurisprudence of African human rights institutions, particularly the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and sub-regional Courts, a comparative analysis between different continental human rights systems. The Dialogue concluded with attendance at the public hearings at the African Court and visits to other international and sub-regional courts based in Arusha.
The participants to the Dialogue appealed to African States, which had not yet ratified the protocol establishing the African Court and those that have not yet deposited a declaration allowing individuals and NGOs to access the Court to consider doing so.